I feel like a broken record, but this has been a busy month. Cherry blossoms, a trip to Kumamoto, an earthquake in Kumamoto, a fresh batch of visitors, and now, Golden Week. April is always a month full of festivals and flowers, but this year, it has seemed exceptionally packed.
Somehow, amidst the chaos, we managed to sneak away as a family to Fukushima Prefecture. It was our first time heading to the region, and we had big plans involving onsen and outdoor pursuits.
What we hadn’t really counted on was catching the final cherry blossoms at Aizu-Wakamatsu’s Tsuruga Castle. When we arrived at the castle, the grey skies made the few remaining blossoms look rather scraggly. By the time we emerged, the haze had dissipated and the blue skies were the perfect contrast to the white castle walls and a few bushy cherry trees.
But the best vantage point was from the castle itself – through a circular window that looked out on the grounds. I have to thank my husband for this – if I hadn’t seen him kneeling down to get this shot himself, I would have completely missed it.